FEAR MONGERING:  
     spreading discreditable, misrepresentative information
     designed to induce fear and apprehension.
Viera Scheibner   In 1993 Ms. Scheibner published a book "100 Years of Orthodox Research Shows that vaccines Represent a Medical Assault on the Immune System."  The most famous of her claims is that SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) supposedly disappeared in Japan following a change in the pertussis immunization schedule.

  Ms. Scheibner's credentials are ambiguous.  As Viera Scheibnerovŕ she was an assistant professor in the Dept. of Geology at Comenius University in Bratislava until 1969.

  She then immigrated to Australia and was a member of the Geological Survey of New South Wales until her retirement in the mid 1980's.

  A medline search of the indexed peer reviewed literature covering some 3,600 health-related journals reveals that Ms. Scheibner has never published a single study on human health.

  While Ms. Scheibner apparently has training in paleontology, her training in the health sciences and her experience in human health research is NON-EXISTENT!

  Ms. Scheibner claims to have researched "60,000 studies" (up from 30,000!).   However, in Australia Ms.Scheibner was the 1997 recipient of the Bent Spoon Award for her role as the "perpetrator of the most preposterous piece of paranormal or pseudo-scientific piffle.

A further review of her book is also available.

  Also, an examination of Ms. Scheibner's claims of a disappearance of SIDS in Japan following a change in the pertussis immunization schedule is shown to be completely erroneous.

Ms. Scheibner has also claimed that Japan discontinued measles and pertussis immuniztion.   An examination of relevant current data reveals her claim to be erroneous.  According to the World Health Organization Japan has high levels of   pertussis immunization coverage(over 80%).

  Ms. Scheibner's lack of training in the health sciences has led her into other blunders.  One of many examples: at one point in her book she claims the cause of Legionnaire's Disease is the flu vaccine (disease is actually caused by the organism Legionella pneumophilia and related strains.) 

 

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